Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip (Cartech)

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Detroit's Woodward Avenue was America's center of gravity for cruising and street racing in the '50s and '60s. Its widely paved surfaces with long sections of arrow-straight road between traffic signals provided the ideal location for stoplight street racing and cruising action. Woodward even became the unofficial test track for the profusion of hot factory iron churned out by Detroit's engineers. If you lived in the Detroit area in the '60s and wanted to drag race, Woodward Avenue was the place to go.

Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is filled with stories from the people who cruised and raced Woodward in that wonderful era. Also featured are the clandestine and not-so-clandestine efforts by the factories to build cars that the Woodward crowd would buy and race. Woodward Avenue includes everything that surrounded Woodward's action, including Detroit's legendary DJs who provided the cruisers' musical soundtrack, the hang-outs and drive-ins, the high-performance new car dealerships that provided the cars, and the legendary speed shops that provided the hot rod parts.

If you are into muscle cars, great street racing stories, or just want to remember or learn how it was back in the day, Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is a great trip down memory lane.

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Robert Genat is a prolific author and photographer who has written more than 30 books on military and transportation subjects. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Dean Batchelor award by the Motor Press Guild for this book, The Birth of Hot Rodding. Robert is also a dedicated gearhead who in the past fifteen years has restored several cars. Robert was born and raised in Detroit.

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"I think the book was great and will go down as a respected documentary to the mystique of "Woodward Avenue." I certainly will recommend it to all my automotive oriented friends. It is a "must read" for anyone who cares about cars or Detroit!" --Jim Wangers

Woodward Avenue is a cool book to while away winter hours while you plane your own escapades. ---Ol' Skool Rodz, reviewed by Alan Mayes, January 2011

This is really an outstanding book, and if you fully want to appreciate how cruising and street racing was - not how it was in American Grafitti," but how it REALLY was, this is probably the best book on the subject so far." ---Mopar Collector's Guide, December 2010

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